NDDC: Breakdown of how Pondei, others shared N5bn throughout COVID-19 lockdown

The Nigerian Senate has revealed how the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) administration shared roughly N5 billion for “medicals”.

That is contained in a report by the Advert-hoc committee which probed the multi-billion Naira scandal in NDDC.

Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi (APC – Ekiti North) chaired the committee.

Senators Abdulfatai Buhari (APC – Oyo North); Chukwuka Utazi (PDP – Enugu North); Ibrahim Hadeija (APC – Jigawa North); Biobarakuma Wangaha (APC – Bayelsa East); Jika Dauda Haliru (APC – Bauchi Central); and Mohammed Tanko Almakura (APC – Nasarawa South) had been members.

The disbursements, paid into particular person accounts, had been made in March in the course of the nationwide lockdown.

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“Cost to all of the 1,401 employees who obtained the allowance was made on 16 March, 2020,” the report mentioned.

“The three members of the Interim Administration Committee obtained the best quantity of N14.2m every. Two different individuals, specifically Evan Caroline Nagbo and Ms Cecilia Akintomide took N12,387,500 every, whereas Peter Uwa Edieya was paid N10,340,000,” it learn.

Performing MD, Kemebradikumo Pondei, and two govt administrators bought N14.2m every.

4 different members of employees bought about N8m every, whereas 140 bought a mean of N7m every.

Moreover, 75 members of employees obtained N6m every, whereas 153 had been paid N5.5m.

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One other four members of employees bought between N4.1m and N4.8m, whereas 7 others obtained about N3m every.

Moreover, 804 members of employees bought between N2.4m and N2.9m every.

Fifteen of them bought N7m, whereas one collected N5.2m.

The remaining collected between N375,000 and N550,000 every.

Nevertheless, the administration paid N114.9m as supplementary medical allowance to 26 employees members.

Pondei had said that those that bought “emergency contracts” had been fearful of the continued forensic audit.

He made the declare in response to Senate’s disclosure that IMC members get 20 – 30 p.c of contract sums earlier than contractors are paid.

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